Meet the Team - BWW Music
Born in Houston, raised in Cleveland, and educated in Boston, Aaron Fallon brings a hybridized combination of Southern hospitality, Midwestern congeniality, and New England practicality to everything he does. Aaron?s interest in dance comes from his nearly 20 years of experience as a champion Irish step dancer and teacher--his interest in writing from an almost equally long fascination with the rhythms of lyric poetry--and he?s thrilled by the chance to combine the two in his dance reviews for Broadway World. Aaron currently lives in Hell?s Kitchen and works as an executive assistant in Midtown.
Alan is a third year undergraduate student at York University, in Toronto. He has had a passion for the performing arts ever since he saw the original production of Disney?s Beauty and the Beast at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Alan has eleven years of intensive dance training under his belt, and in 2006 was the Canadian National Ballroom Champion in his age category. As a performer, Alan has been seen on stage at the Bathurst Street Theatre (now the Randolph Theatre), The FLATO Markham Theatre, The Leah Posluns Theatre, The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, and many more. Alan first started blogging about theatre in 2011 with his now defunct blog, Broadway Toronto. In March 2013, Alan joined the team at BroadwayWorld Toronto and continued his foray into arts journalism. In February of 2014, Alan became the Senior Editor for the Toronto division of BroadwayWorld.com ? and since then has expanded the regional coverage to include much of Southern Ontario, as well as many of the smaller professional theatre companies in the city. A long term theatre fan, Alan is grateful to be a part of the Toronto arts community in any capacity. ?I?m incredibly fortunate that I?ve found a way to be involved with our arts community in the position that I have. The Toronto theatre community is made up of some of the kindest and friendliest people I know ? and I look forward to serving the community by continuing the high standard of coverage expected of BroadwayWorld.? Twitter: @alanhenryTO | Facebook: Facebook.com/AlanHenryWrites Email: email@example.com | www.alanhenrywrites.com
Amanda Etchison is a junior at The Ohio State University, where she is pursuing a double major in journalism and Chinese within the university Honors Program. Amanda is the Editor-in-Chief of The Lantern, the student-run daily news publication of Ohio State?s Columbus campus. A lover of music and theater, Amanda has played the French horn in a variety of pit orchestras and music ensembles. When she is not writing, Amanda enjoys playing the piano and trying out new nail art designs.
Caryn Robbins is a features editor for BroadwayWorld, covering TV, film and the best of Broadway theater. Her first musical comedy 'Admissions' recently made its New York premiere at the West Village Musical Theater Festival.
Chris has been active in the local theatre scene for over 30 years. In addition to his acting work, he's also contributed as a director, writer and composer. Though, initially a film buff, he grew tired of the sanitized, PG-13 rated blockbusters that were being continually shoved down his throat by the studios. An opportunity to review theatre in St. Louis has grown exponentially with the sudden explosion of venues and talent in the region. He now finds himself obsessed with witnessing those precious, electric moments that can only happen live, on stage.
David Clarke has had a lifelong love and passion for the performing arts, and has been writing about theatre both locally and nationally for years. He joined BroadwayWorld.com running their Houston site in early 2012 and began writing as the site's official theatre recording critic in June of 2013. Photo by Greg Salvatori.
David Green is the Executive Director of The American Foundation For Arts Education, founded by Carol Channing and her late husband, Harry Kullijian -- working to restore the Arts to our nation?s public schools and provide an arts education to every child in America. He is the founder and President of the nationally acclaimed "Musical Theatre University", a training ground for talented young people with aspirations for careers in theatre, most specifically musical theatre. Mr. Green's Broadway alumni include Tony -nominees Matthew Morrison and Stephanie Block, Drama Desk nominee Lindsay Mendez, Krysta Rodriguez, Scott Barnhardt and Anneliese VanDerPol to name a few. As a producer and director, he has staged over 150 theatrical productions for both educational and professional theatre and with such stars as Carol Channing, Cathy Rigby, JoAnne Worley, Rex Smith, Jonelle Allen, Eric Kunze, Davis Gaines, Stephanie Zimbalist, John Raitt, Betty Garrett and more. Mr. Green is the Regional Editor and Reviewer for the Inland Empire of Southern California.
Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and writer whose contributions to theatre through the years have included 6 years as theatre editor of NoHoLA, a contributor to LA Stage Magazine and currently on his own website: www.grigwaretalkstheatre.com Don hails from Holyoke, Massachusetts and holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Education and Bilingual Studies. He is a teacher of foreign language and ESL. Don is in his seventh year with BWW, currently serving as Senior Editor of the Los Angeles Page. He received a BWW Award for Excellence in 2014 as one of the top ten Regional Editors across the globe. Don is also an author/playwright and recently published Books I, II & III of his children's fable Two Worlds Together: Donnelly's Greatest Christmas. You may purchase copies of the two volumes at amazon.com Two one-acts in a collection called Holiday Madness were just published, also on amazon.com Both the story and plays are available on kindle as well as in paperback.
In addition to being part of the west coast Broadway World team, Ellen also publishes two popular Southern California Theatre Blogs - Musicals in LA and Shakespeare in LA. An actress, singer and voiceover artist, she is also a producer with the Academy for New Musical Theatre, and works with the development of new musicals across the country.
My name is Gabrielle, but everyone calls me Gigi! I'm a self-proclaimed theatre nut and an aspiring journalist. When I'm not writing or seeing a show you can find me at my local Barnes & Noble.
Guest Blogger: Adam Brandner
Adam Brandner is the Drama Director at Shotwell Academy in Houston, TX. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Education from Ball State University. As a playwright, Brandner's most recent publications include My New Normal and Rock Bottom with JD Drama Publishing. He was also featured in the 2012 August issue of Teaching Theatre Magazine where he wrote an article on adaptability as a drama teacher. Regional acting credits include: CHICAGO (Swing) and Disney's High School Musical (Swing). As a former Disney World performing alumni, Brandner loves working with people from all over the country and getting a little Goofy from time to time.
Guest Blogger: Dominic Kelly
Dominic Kelly sings and plays drums in the Charleston, South Carolina based alternative//powerpop band A Fragile Tomorrow along with his brothers Sean and Brendan and their friend Shaun Rhoades. AFT has toured internationally with groups like Indigo Girls, K's Choice, Matthew Sweet, The Bangles, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Antigone Rising, and more. Aside from his work with AFT, Dominic has contributed vocals and drums to recordings by the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray, Danielle Howle, and Rachael Sage. He holds a bachelor's degree in music production and a master's degree in new media journalism from Full Sail University and, along with his identical brother Sean, co-owns Low Watt Recording in Savannah, Georgia.
I am an International Flight Attendant with a love of Cabaret, Musical Theatre, and Live Performing Arts in general. I try to see as many shows as I can, whether that be in my current home town of Sydney, other Australian cities or the International cities I visit with work. I am a graduate of the Cabaret Summer School 2012-Adelaide and have also been a Special Guest Critic for GlamAdelaide for the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival, specialising in Cabaret.
Jeff Davis is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Theater with an emphasis in Directing.
New TV recapper, Jennifer, received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kutztown State University in Pennsylvania. She recently returned from 2 years with the US Peace Corps in Moldova and currently resides in Los Angeles. Jennifer works for a cosmetics company in Brentwood and is one of the stage managers at the Rogue Machine Theatre. You can connect with Jennifer through Twitter: @eponineq.
Jennifer Perry is the Senior Contributing Writer for BroadwayWorld.Com's DC page. She has been a DC resident since 2001 having moved from Upstate New York to attend graduate school at American University's School of International Service. When not attending countless theatre, concert, and cabaret performances in the area and in New York, she works for the US Government as an analyst. Jennifer previously covered the DC performing arts scene for Maryland Theatre Guide, DC Metro Theater Arts, and DC Theatre Scene.
A lover of all things Beyonce and Mexican food Joey is a lifetime Florida resident and has always had a passion for the entertainment industry. When he's not busy working full time for a non-profit you can find him roaming his local Target or live-tweeting must see TV. Follow Joey on Twitter @joeyohern and LIKE him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/joeyohern.
Kathryn Kitt is a Classically Trained Lyric Soprano who is comfortable singing different types of genres. She has a BA in music from Bennington College and an MFA in Opera from Suny-Purchase. She has performed in the Aspen Music Center, Tanglewood Music Center, Lake George Opera Festival and The Little Orchestra Society. She also has performed in a great many local theatres including The Armonk Players, Clocktower Players and recently Curtain Call in Stamford, CT. Kathryn also sings at Temples and Churches in which she gets to explore very demanding, yet fulfilling repertoire as well. Kathryn writes interviews for BroadwayWorld.com and CenterontheAisle.com and is a proud member of Americantheatrecritics.org (ATCA). Kathryn resides in Bedford, NY with her three children, Andrew, John and Madeleine who have also "bitten" the music/theatre bug.
Kathy Strain spent most of her life outside of Philadelphia and has enjoyed Broadway shows for most of her life. Kathy moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2001 with her husband Ken and 3 children. She holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio and runs her own Public Relations company. She loves to contribute pieces on the arts to several outlets and enjoys writing about talent and sharing it with the world.
Dr. Byron has accomplished the educational leadership trifecta: superintendent in public schools, headmaster in private schools, and head of school in charter schools. In addition, he is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Dance Foundation, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to use ballroom dancing to enhance the lives of children, and was the executive director of the Starfinder Foundation, a non-profit foundation that uses soccer as a motivator to teach leadership skills to teenagers in low-income communities. His doctorate is from Columbia University.
Leigh Scheps is an award winning journalist based in the New York City area. As a Broadway Buff, Leigh is elated to join the Broadway World team as a contributor. Leigh is currently a host for Buzz60. Her stories ranging from Broadway, entertainment, business and current events can be seen on national platforms including USAToday, AOL, NY Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer and Esquire Magazine. Leigh is also a television news reporter for the New Jersey arm of Verizon FiOS1 News. Prior these positions, Leigh's reported for news stations in Philadelphia, Fort Myers, Binghamton, Bronx and Brooklyn.
Marina Kamen aka MARINA has lost 100 Pounds! She is a Certified Fitness Expert in addition to Grammy Nominated & Billboard Charting Recording Artist, Composer, Producer, Director, Casting Director, Choreographer, Vocalist, Violinist and Mother of 3 children. Ms. Kamen has been covered in The LA Times, NY Post, Prevention Magazine, Woman's World and been seen on ShopNBC, The Tyra Banks Show, ABCNews, The Discovery Health Network, Noggin & PBS. Her voice has been heard on countless commercial products including Verizon with James Earl Jones, Exxon Moblie, Pop Tarts Tourneau & Disney Destinations. Ms.Kamen has worked in the entertainment Industry for over 35 years with an array of celebrity talent including Liza Minnelli, Patti Labelle, James Earl Jones, & Carnie Wison and has choreographed for Columbia Records, BMG & Atlantic Records in addition to acting as Spokesperson for The NYC division of The Naras Foundation which Hosts The Grammy Awards. She trained at The American Ballet Theater, Luigi's, Broadway Dance Center in addition to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. She has been co-owner of Kamen Entertainment Group, Inc. www.kamen.com since 1987 which is an Entertainment Company with over 140 Industry Awards under its belt. Ms. Kamen is the winner of the first "People?s Choice Award" for Health & Fitness Podcasting in 2005 and has Produced her catalogue of now over 1,200 Original Music Podcast WORKOUTS and Original Musical Fitness Audio & Video Workout Programs available at: www.HighEnergyFitness.com MARINA's High-nrg Fitness LIVE!..an interactive Musical Theater WORKOUT Experience! is currently playing on Mondays at 6:00pm in NYC! www.marinashighnrgfitness.com MARINA's Musical Health Audio & VideoTaped Workout Celebrity Interviews may be seen at www.musicalhealthtalk.com
Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for Broadwayworld.com on performance venues in New York and New Jersey. She is the Editor in Chief of BWW's Food & Wine World.com and the Senior New Jersey Editor. She also has a regular column in Fitnessworld.com, "Fit Food Finds," which discusses healthy eating. Her interest in fitness, dance, and theatre stem from the many years she owned and operated a dance school, "Dance Unlimited" in New Jersey in the late 70's and 80's. She enjoys a very active journalism career and loves writing for Broadwayworld.com.
Matt Hanson is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Starting in music and arts journalism at eighteen in both print and digital publications from the newsroom of The Standard Times, he now regularly contributes literary criticism for Atticus Review, and reviews independent music for Discorder Magazine. As a former resident of Egypt, Mexico, Peru, and Canada, he publishes widely on themes of international relevance for such publications as Nation of Change, The Leftist Review, The Dominion, This Magazine, and many others. Currently a docent at Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum, he explores migrant history through oral, narrative, and creative approaches to literature.
Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and is an editor at BWW Orlando. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked in sports media relations, as a theatre director, producer, and teacher, and he is the Executive and Co-Artistic Director of The Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project in Orlando, Florida. He also hosts BroadwayWorld's "Some Like it Pop" podcast. You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.
"To The Stage!"
Michael L. Quintos
Michael Lawrence Quintos is a quiet, mild-mannered Art Director by day. But as night falls, he regularly performs on various stages everywhere as a Counter-Tenor soloist, actor, and dancer for The Men Alive Chorus since 2002. He's sung everything from Broadway, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Gospel and Pop. His musical theater roots started early, performing in various school musical productions and a couple of nationally-televised programs. The performing bug eventually brought him a brief championship run in the Philippines' version of "Star Search" before moving to Las Vegas at age 11. College brought him out to Orange County, California, where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Film Screenwriting. He has spent several years as a designer and art director for various entertainment company clients, while spending his free time watching or performing in shows. Follow Michael on Twitter at: twitter.com/cre8iveMLQ.
Noah Kahan is a hip hop guy and album reviewer. While his main focus is hip hop ,he enjoys many other musical genres as well.
Pat Cerasaro contributes exclusive scholarly columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Theatrical Throwback Thursdays, Flash Friday and Flash Special as well as additional special features, world premiere clips and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more. He also wrote and directed two sold-out 2014 BroadwayWorld charity concert events featuring all-star casts, EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE and THE LORD & THE MASTER: BROADWAYWORLD.COM SINGS THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & STEPHEN SONDHEIM.
In 25 years of working with newspapers and magazines, Paul Batterson has had the pleasure of interviewing wide variety of people, from Phil Campbell of Motorhead to David Hasselhoff to the San Diego chicken. He was born in Columbus, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and spent three years in Frankfurt, Germany before returning to Columbus. He lives here with his wife, Nancy, and children Alicia and Grant.
Peter Danish is a Media Marketing Consultant and Classical Arts Presenter. He is a founding member of ArtsRock, where he presented concerts with such world renowned artists as Grammy winning Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin, Grammy winning Violinist Marc O'Connor, The Eroica Trio, The American Brass Quintet, The New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Alec Baldwin, Louis Black and Robert Klein. At The Riverspace Performing Arts Center, he presented such artists as Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme, Bill T. Jones, Bill Irwin, Mike Nichols, Ani Di Franco, Eve Ensler, Pete Seeger, Ellen Burstyn, Edward Albee and Kathleen Turner. He has programmed concerts and educational programs for a multitude of local arts organizations including the American National Opera and the Westchester Hudson Opera, and has lectured on opera and classical music in schools and libraries as part of their outreach programs. For over two decades he has served as Director of Marketing for NBC, Vice President of Marketing for Telemundo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Azteca TV Network, and Marketing Consultant to PBS. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, The Wagner Society of N.Y. and Board of Trustees of the award-winning classical concert series, The Carnegie Room Concerts at the Nyack Library. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ad Age, Ad Week and Media Week.
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Richie Best is a reporter, writer and editor for BWW Music who covers a wide variety of music genres.
Robert Barossi has worked in just about every possible job in professional theater, from actor to stage manager to company manager to box office and house manager. This has included time spent immersed in the theater and arts scenes in places like Philadelphia, D.C., Boston and Rhode Island. He has also been a staff writer for Motif Magazine in Rhode Island, writing reviews, previews and features, for six years, leaving the publication just recently. Though not working in professional theater currently, he continues to work on being an aspiring playwright and getting to as much theater as possible.
Rocky Christopher Fajardo
For the last five years, Rocky has been performing as lead male vocalist for different showbands in Southeast Asian countries, which led him to grace several magazine spreads in Malaysia in 2012; and paved the way for guest appearances on Cambodian TV in 2013, and a duet with Tony winner Lea Salonga in her major concert in Manila in 2009. This year, Rocky has traded away the microphone and dancing shoes for the writing pen and whiteboard marker: his love for music and musical theater steered his professional writing debut as a correspondent for BroadwayWorld.com covering the international touring production of WICKED in Manila in January. At the same time, his Master?s Degree in English has prompted a second career as full-time faculty and as Mass Communications Program Head at FEATI University in Manila.
Over the last 15 years, nearly all the West End photo-calls have seen Roy's presence. He has also been the Official Photographer for a few noted West End / Off West End productions, most recently for I Loved Lucy and Gatsby at The Art?s Theatre, Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells Theatre, Damn Yankees at Landor Theatre, Soho Cinders by Elliot Davis, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe at Soho Theatre, Crazy For You at Novello Theatre (winner of the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival). Roy is the official photographer for Musical Theatre Review in London UK. At the moment, Roy is preparing for his book and photo exhibition showcasing people that have contributed to making the theatrical stage a magical place. (www.roytan3.wix.com/exhibition??) For more of Roy?s work go to www.roytan.zenfolio.com.
Sally Henry is a BroadwayWorld contributor based in Georgia who manages the News Desk on the weekends, including the weekly #SIP roundups. She also writes weekly features ranging from historically-based reflections to interviews with all the cool kids in the industry. She takes pride in her ginger hair and in being *that* friend who actually loves The Scarlet Pimpernel musical. Read more from Sally on Twitter: @BwayGinger, Blogger: SingularSensationBway.blogspot.com, and Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SingularSensationbway
Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area. As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city work together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles. Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles. Shari is honored to serve her hometown as a contributor to Broadway World.
Stephen is also the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor of the Times Square Chronicles. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen?s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the ?First All Children?s Theatre? which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen?s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Paul Smith stars as aspiring actor Pete Hamilton, with Gillian Pensavalle cast as a softhearted casting associate named Valerie. Luke Kelly Clyne of Splitsider calls it "A fantastic series" and "Irresistably sharable." Media guru Paul Levinson says, "The acting is outstanding," with the cast displaying "impressive comedic talent." The principal cast also includes Nick Costa as Pete's character-actor roommate, Kelly Warne as a high-strung actress who is self-conscious about her age, Mark Gessner as a powerful casting director with a short fuse, and James Tabeek as his loyal-to-a-fault assistant. "THE RESIDUALS' is a comedy about surviving an environment of commercial actors who try way too hard to mask their nervousness with cockiness," says Smith, who wrote and directed the entire series. "When you put those personalities in the position of having to read a single pitch line as though it were Shakespeare, you have a very funny blend of reality and absurdity." The cast of THE RESIDUALS has amassed numerous credits on TV, Film, Broadway, the Web and, of course, commercials. Featured in Season Two are: Horatio Sanz, Jenna Leigh Green, Michael Torpey, J. Julian Christopher,Patrick Jones, Emily Tarver, Alisha B. Woods, Allison Levering Wong, Benjamin Hey, Kathy Searle, Rocco Chierichella, Jeremy Redleaf, Dave Hanson, Ted O'Gorman, Tom Brown, Ian Sullivan, Brian Rhinehart, Kyle Hunt,Deborah Rayne, Haille Clarke, El Hay Revivo, and Carrie-Rachel Dean. THE RESIDUALS is produced by Smith and Pensavalle through Take It Back Productions, and edited by Pensavalle. The director of photography is Emmy Award-winner Ed Caraballo. Script supervisor is Carrie-Rachel Dean. All episodes feature contemporary music from Rhymesayers Entertainment and Smalls Live.
Vickie is an award-winning director, producer, playwright, and president of Soaring High Productions, a theatrical production and talent development company.
As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.
What started as reenacting 'RENT' in home movies (including some questionable footage of my then 10-year-old sister and 13-year-old self) turned into a passion for anything and everything Broadway. As a journalism and theatre graduate of the University of Texas (Hook 'em!), I am excited to explore the Austin theatre scene whilst beginning my career in the marketing industry. [www.wendireichstein.com, www.wendisblog.com, @WendiReichstein]
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